Dawn Chávez is the Education Program Director at the Urban Ecology Institute, where she facilitates the design and implementation of curriculum for urban students on long-term ecological field studies. She also works at Beyond Boston as the Environmental Network Coordinator. Dawn is pursuing a doctoral degree in Environmental Studies at Antioch New England Graduate School. She hopes to use her doctoral research on the ecological worldviews of young immigrants in order to design culturally sensitive environmental learning experiences. Previously at Cornell University, Dawn coordinated an environmental science internship for low-income high school students. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Montclair University, she developed a youth program called "Birds of the Bronx." Dawn also directed the Manice Education Center - a residential outdoor environmental education center that prepared urban youth to be informed citizens and concerned stewards of natural areas in their neighborhoods.